[...my first review for Zero Expectation written in my new found "style".]
White Limo is the forecoming single for the Foo Fighter’s eagerly anticipated album, set to be debuted on the radio next week; this song is definitely going to suprise some of the fans of the Foo’s more recent records.
This is the song where Dave Grohl’s screaming vocals have finally been allowed to shine through the whole of it. We have seen little cameo’s of it such as at the climax of the songs Breakout, The Pretender, and Let It Die. It certainly adds to realisation that Foo Fighters are serious about creating an impact to their somewhat dull discography for the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind.
Shambolic’s new EP, Burning, features 4 songs that would not stick out like a sore thumb in any hard rock playlist. Each track is loud, and really grasps at the opportunity to make the audience listen. Sadly, however, this is where the compliments come to an end.
[...The end of 2010, and the end of my [Sounds of 2010] series for ZeroExpectation. Everything after this post will be the reviews I have written for Zest For Life, and another track review for ZeroExpectation, you are now up to date.]
2010 is gone, which also meant the demise of [Sounds of 2010] too! I shall be back for this new year with (hopefully) a much cooler name and I shall certainly increase the amount of albums/EPs I review too.
2010 was a great year for me because it was the first time I ever considered becoming a critic of music and allowing the audience to base their judgements of the same piece of music using mine as a starting point. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I feel that I have improved my writing methods gradually, and hope that it will continue throughout 2011 too.
This is a list of all of the albums that I can safely say that I have enjoyed all 2010, and that I feel really define the overall sound that this year has created for everyone to hear. I have included a mini review for each of these records, and provided a link to the albums that I was able to do in my short time of reviewing music, I would have really liked to have enough time to review each record fully but sadly, time has beaten me once again.
I haven’t really bothered putting in any of the “Pitchfork favoured” artists such as Beach House, Wild Nothing, Deerhunter, or Surfer Blood because I really found their albums to be rather dull. At first listen it was all spacey and deep and meaningful but as it begins to drag on and on…it’s just boring. I prefer albums that make an IMPACT, and don’t jump on that bandwagon of jumping off the bandwagon to manipulate air for 11 tracks.
OK Go is back with their third studio album, and it has been created with the purpose of sounding nothing like their two previous albums! Of The Blue Colour of the Sky features a completely new direction in sound that really does test your ears at the worst of times.
It started as a solo project of Dustin Payseur’s before becoming a full band; Beach Fossils are one of the latest bands to come out of Brooklyn. They are yet another band to love the use of reverb on their hazy vocals upon sharp, trebled guitar lying on top of slack drum patterns. A sound used by many of the artists who have been introduced to the music scene in 2010.
Belle & Sebastian are an indie pop band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. They are the definitive band to create many songs that can truly be described as ’sweet’ ‘cute’ and ‘love’ songs, and they once again display this sound in this new LP.
Neon Indian is a chill wave band from Texas, USA. The music is composed entirely by Alan Palomo, who is also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler. Psychic Chasms is Neon Indian’s first album, the sound it is like the typical loud, funk-pounding beats that have become a foundation for many artists who have emerged within 2010. However, unlike these other bands, Neon Indian’s sound is a lot more delicate, a lot more mellow and relaxed, and it also gives me the idea that it has slight similarities with Jamiroquai.
Broken Bells is a band consisting of James Mercer from the band The Shins, and producer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton, who is mostly known to the music scene as Danger Mouse. Broken Bells is their self titled debut album that was released on March 9, 2010 and it has been considered by many to be a candidate of being album of the year.
Alain Johannes is a well respected and very talented multi-instrumentalist. Having worked and contributed in many great bands such as Eleven, Desert Sessions, Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age and most recently Them Crooked Vultures, it’s a wonder why Alain Johannes is not regarded as one of the biggest stars of rock and roll for so many years.
Women is a band from Calgary, Canada. They are a band that I have seen attached with a very large number of words combined together to fit their sound, for me, I would describe them as “Garage-chill-Atmospheric-Punk” with similarities to The Velvet Underground and The Zombies.
Weezer are back with their 8th studio album and 1st album to be released on independant record label, Epitaph Records. I have earlier reviewed the first track off Hurley “Memories” which you can read here. This new LP features the Jackass crew on backing vocals for Memories (in light of Jackass 3D’s eventual release) and also features actor Michael Cera on mandolin and backing vocals on “Hang on” too.
Anyway, before I go on with the pros and noes, I must get this stated AS FACT first. The album name “Hurley” is not because Weezer were being sponsored by some clothing brand or whatever, “Hurley” was decided after frontman Rivers Cuomo had a certain infamous picture with Jorge Garcia, who is an actor, who plays (and get this) HURLEY FROM LOST. wow.
Best Coast are yet another band to be tucked within the mellow arsenal of chillwave/surf pop bands to currently surge onto the music scene. The band consists of frontwoman and songwriter maestro Bethany Cosentino, multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno and recent addition, drummer Ali Koehler.
Crazy For You is the debut album from Best Coast, and it certainly matches the somewhat odd yet relaxed nature of the album cover, a cat who seems to be sitting on the sea, basking in the dark orange tones of the sunset behind it.
This Is Happening is the third album from electronic demi-gods LCD Soundsystem, and it is possibly their best album too. This LP is definately an album where they decided to not bother fitting “single-length” songs onto it, as most of the songs (apart from recent party filler Drunk Girls and the slower yet danceable latest bordering-single “I Can Change”) are at least over 5 minutes long, with the longest (and yet not the most boring) song being just over 9 minutes long.
Wavves “King Of The Beach” is the third LP from the California based band. Wavves are yet another example of the growing fashion for noisepop bands to burst into the music scene and tickle my fancy button extremely well. These are the second noisepop band I’ve reviewed already (the first being Sleigh Bells, of course).
Memories is the first song to be released from the upcoming Weezer album, Hurley (hence the album cover, which is a picture of the warm and cuddley face of Hurley, the fat bloke from Lost), set to be released on INDIE LABEL (OMG.) Epitaph records. Set for release on 13th September this year.
I like to review music, a lot. This blog is really just a bit yellow storage box place..thing for me to stick every review I have done while not contributing to a website, Zero Expectation, and my most recent "work" with Zest For Life. I review albums/singles that have only just been released to the world, because its fresh and new and I don't end up repeating what everyone else has said, they copy me instead. For this blog, I may just add a special "my favourite albums ever" series where I just bring out a nice little review documentating why I love a certain album from any period of life. But who knows. Anyway, I better get adding my past reviews, I hope you enjoy reading them.